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US reverses move to close Palestinian office in DC

The Palestinian flag waves at the Palestine Liberation Organisation office in Washington, DC earlier this month [Yuri Gripas/Reuters] The United States has backtracked on an announcement that Palestinian offices in Washington, DC would be closed, following Palestinian threats to sever all communication with the Americans as they work on a new Middle East peace plan. The US order last week to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) office was in response to efforts by Palestinians to indict Israeli officials at the international court, over illegal settlement expansion and violent crimes. However, the US State Department announced the reversal on...

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Nepal gears up for key election

The first phase of the election will be held in 32 districts in the hills and mountains [Smriti Basnet/Al Jazeera] Manang, Nepal – The ballot boxes have arrived and the security forces are on guard. Preparations for Nepal’s first phase of elections, to be held on Sunday for Nepal’s House of Representatives and National Assembly, are almost complete – even in remote districts like Manang. The election is expected to lay the groundwork for Nepal‘s transition into a federal state. Nepal’s constitution, declared in September 2015, states that the country is a federal democratic republic and the geographical area...

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Egyptian air strike kills ‘terrorist’ mosque attackers

Wounded people are evacuated from the scene of the mosque attack on Friday [The Associated Press] The Egyptian army says an air strike killed some of the attackers involved in Friday’s massacre when at least 305 people died in a bomb-and-gun attack on a mosque.  In a statement late on Friday, army spokesman Tamer Rifai said the Egyptian air force chased down the assailants who, according to officials, arrived in four 4WD vehicles and carried out the attack during noon prayers.  “The air forces chased the terrorists and discovered and destroyed a number of vehicles that were involved in carrying...

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Rohingya must be consulted before repatriation: groups

Rohingya refugees are living in squalor in camps in Bangladesh [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera] Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – A Rohingya repatriation deal is being hailed as a “first step” by the Bangladesh government, but many argue the plan is premature. Myanmar’s Rakhine state is the ancestral home for Rohingya Muslims, but those living there face discrimination, violence, and segregation. Human rights group Amnesty International calls it a “system of apartheid“. The repatriation deal does not take Rohingya refugees’ rights into consideration, said the European Rohingya Council (ERC). Its Malaysia ambassador, Tengkul Emma Zuriana, has spoken out against it. “This repatriation...

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Mugabe’s downfall: A new era for Zimbabwe’s media?

When the moment finally came, it caught many Zimbabweans – their media included – by surprise: After 37 years in power culminating in a week-long struggle, 93-year-old Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president. The transition began when tanks rolled onto the streets of the capital, Harare, and a man in a military uniform appeared on the state-owned TV channel assuring everyone that what looked like a coup and sounded like a coup was, in fact, not a coup. During seven days of constitutional limbo, the country’s mainstream journalists – many of whom had spent decades toeing the government line...

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